Kitchen basics

The opening of the restaurant is about a month away, and work moves ahead in the kitchen, where the crew is rolling out a commercial kitchen with good ventilation, easier to clean walls and more. And we get an update on the dining room plans.

And now, the kitchen

Work is moving into the kitchen area. The ductwork is in and wends its way through the ceiling, up through the second floor and out through roof. It’s hidden from the street because of historical preservation rules. Now, it’s on to reconfiguring the kitchen layout and painting and finishing the walls.

More to come

The bar and 13 rooms are open,  but there’s still lots of work going on at the Hotel Castaneda. The balcony under the tower is framed in, the floor tiled, and it’s waiting for final color paint. Workers are roughing out prototypes of the dining room booths, and Bob is finishing up the cast iron…

The bar is open

You no longer need to peer into the windows to see what’s going on in the bar. The bar had its soft opening April 15 and will have a proper start Friday. People and drinks mixed well in the restored bar of the Hotel Castaneda.

Prepping the bar

Getting ready to open the bar. Fernando and Alex buff out the bar with steel wool before adding another clear coat. That last coat should be dry before the soft open of the bar April 15. So, get your taxes done and drop by. The bar will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. daily.

5 of 7

Let’s take a peek into some of the guest rooms. We’ll check into five of the rooms (guests were in the other two). Each room is named after a historic hotel and themed with fauna of New Mexico. For reservations call 505-425-3591 ( reservations are being handled for the Castaneda by our sister hotel in…

More to do, more to come

Guests are staying in the south-wing guest rooms, but throughout the rest of the building, work continues.